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Issue 164


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May 2019


This month’s edition of the magazine is as always packed with useful information on what is happening in the town this month, and thank you to everybody who sends us the information that allows us to keep the most up to date calendar of events running (it is also available online at our website www.peebleslife.com). In the Big Issue this month we have had a hard look at the Council’s decision to spend £16 million on the headlinegrabbing decision to give every high school child in the Borders an iPad. At a time when the council is cutting other funding to schools, with libraries closing, and student support being cut, we ask is this a good use of our money? We have had a look at another controversial decision by our political leaders, to dismantle around 700 gravestones in St Andrew’s Kirkyard, on health and safety grounds. Nobody would argue that a gravestone at danger of falling and causing injury should not have remedial work done, but the wholesale decimation of this number of graves without proper consultation seems a trifle heavy-handed. We have a report from Peebles Community Trust, whose campaign to overturn the planning permission granted for a significant residential development at the sight of March Street mills has been successful, with the Scottish Government reversing the decision of the council.



Welcome to the May edition of Peebles Life, politicians have been fighting, Easter has come and gone, Spring seems to have well and truly sprung, the daffodils are out, and the lambs are gambolling, and with the new delay to BREXIT we are still in Europe, so all is well with the world!!

Issue 164

Big Issue


What’s on in May


Exploring the Past with Peeblesshire Archaeological Society


Peebles Christmas Lights Association


The Alec Lucas Memorial Football Tournament


Peebles Community Trust Update


DHRC Creative Fund Now receiving new applications


Peebles Pensioners Association


May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month


Peebles Portrait - Mary MacIntyre


Love’s Labour’s Lost


Bass clef BARGAINS


Tweeddale Youth Action


The Peebles Garden


A community magazine serving the residents of Peebles and Cardron Delivered to in every home in the area YoungFREE Talent the Spotlight 50

We also have an article on this years Shakespeare at Traquair. This year’s play is “Loves Labours Lost” one of the bard’s funniest plays, and it starts on 29th May, don’t miss it! Continuing on culture, we have an article on the reopening of the John Buchan Museum, one of the town’s most famous son’s and most famous as the author of many books including “The Thirty Nine Steps”, he was also Governor General of Canada. The Museum has a number of significant exhibits on loan this year covering this time. We also have our regular Peebles Portrait, this month it is Mary MacIntyre, who is stepping down from her role at Kingsland School after 22 years. We also have an article highlighting the fantastic fundraising effort of Caroline Connor who is planning to swim the English Channel for Diabetes UK and Parkinson’s UK.

May 2019

Political Page - Christine Grahame MSP


Talk of the Town


Swimming the English Channel


Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell


Peebles Community Centre


Recycling and re-use; moving towards a low plastic Peebles


Peebles Rugby Club News




Contact Linda about advertising or events. Phone 01896 831011 07595 847335 Email linda@peebleslife.com Finally, you will find all the regular columns and notices of event, we hope you enjoy the magazine and end with the Post 14 Fawnburn Crescent Cardrona, Peebles, EH45 9LG sobering thought the next edition will be the first of the summer, where does the time go?


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Big Issue By Steve Dubé __________________________________________________________________________________________

Cash-strapped Scottish Borders Council has found a new use for the money we send them. A grandly-named 10-year Inspire Learning programme costing £16m will start being rolled out across the region this year. Every child aged between 11 and 17 will be given an iPad to use. The devices will also be given to P1 to P5 pupils at a ratio of one between five, though these will be kept at their schools. The American technology giant Apple, the Canadian global information technology consultants CGI and the British IT company XMA Ltd are no doubt delighted with this tidy bit of business they have secured with SBC. For its part, the council says this digital learning programme will benefit young people from poorer families who may not be able to buy their own iPad, improve educational achievement, reduce the burden on teachers and help to equip youngsters for the future in a digital world; worthy words. SBC says every head teacher in the region was consulted and reacted favourably, but the announcement came as a surprise to everyone else, including many teachers, all of whom will

undergo five hours of specialised training on how to get the best out of the devices. SBC is not alone in following a fashion to use iPads in schools. Reports from around the world, collected by none other than Apple, claim that iPads improve results. An academy school in Kent, for instance, said the use of iPads resulted in greater engagement in lessons, better feedback from teachers, higher grades, and increased pass rates in exams. In the third year of its iPad programme, the school reported a 53% increase in the number of students earning A-level grades in Physics. A closer look at the report discovers that it was compiled by two IT companies. An independent observer with no personal or financial interest in new technology might wonder if they could be open to influence – at the very least in the sort of questions being asked. But there are other reports that Apple did not share. These come from educationalists, psychologists and sociologists, people with no obvious interest in the spread of new technology, or balance sheets to consider.

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7 Their motives are to improve education, mental health and society itself. These findings differ drastically from the reports circulated by Apple and question SBC’s optimistic words. In summary, they show a growing backlash against iPads in the classroom, with no evidence that they help learning. Some experts argue they could have a negative effect. At this point we should indulge in a short backstory: iPads arrived with a flourish in 2010 and soon they were being heralded across the world as “a game-changer” for education. Educational establishments from primary schools to colleges became voracious consumers of these well designed and ingenious devices: some chose, like SBC to give every student an iPad, while others implemented a “Bring Your Own Device” programme to avoid the costly expense of purchasing and upgrading iPads. No long-term, large-scale, scientific study has assessed the iPad as a tool for learning, but nine years is long enough for some evaluation. One school in Australia needed only five years to declare its own iPad era is over. Primary and junior high school classes at this school in Sydney found that students preferred books to screens. The teachers also found the iPads distracting and said they did not contribute to students' technology skills; children were usually fluent in the use of IT before they reached school age. The magazine Psychology Today UK has examined academic research into the use of iPads in schools and asserts categorically that they should be kept out of the classroom. Researchers failed to find evidence that they help learning and suggested they could have a negative effect. In addition, they said iPads increase the financial problems facing the education system; they are distracting; reading material onscreen is not comparable to traditional reading; and children need to spend less time looking at screens, not more.

A fundamental problem of our education system is that teachers are undervalued and overworked. Many of us can remember an inspirational teacher who believed in you more than you believed in yourself. You can’t imagine an iPad doing that. Tools that make a teacher’s job easier should be embraced. But iPads have been adopted without consultation with the people who will have to use them, and buying iPads diverts scarce finances away from other resources which might be better invested in, say, teachers’ salaries. This is particularly relevant in the light of SBC’s decision to dispense with school librarians The move is also questionable at a time when every single study of screen time shows that children consume far too much technology already – up to 18 hours a day for teenagers aged between 13 and 18. This displaces important face-to-face social interactions and physical activities. We’ve come a long way from the slate and pencil, and some say it’s been in the wrong direction. We now have a demographic where only older generations are adept at mental arithmetic; younger people rely on a machine. Once it didn’t seem to matter that pupils reached for their calculator instead of using their brain. But studies have shown that mental agility is linked to psychological health and can help with emotional intelligence and stability. Doing sums in your head instead of on a machine can help to produce a rounded individual. Amazingly, or perhaps not, there’s now an app you can download to your iPad to improve your skill at mental maths. It’s a pity that SBC is investing in iPads rather than in teachers or school libraries, encouraging children to connect with electrical machines, rather than resources facilitated by people. Is this really smart? Shouldn’t education policy be built on teaching methods and practice, not on fashion or persuasive promotions from companies with something to sell?

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What’s on in May?

A full list of events is available on our website www.peebleslife.com. Send details of your events to linda@peebleslife.com. Wednesday 1 : 7pm Scotland Borders Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings ‘Tryst` Chaplaincy Centre, Borders General Hospital.

Friday 10 : 7.30pm Peebles Singers Spring Concert is being held in the MacFarlane Hall Tickets are available from choir members or at the door all proceeds to CHAS.

Wednesday 1 : 7.30pm *Peebles Camera Club. Community Centre, Walkershaugh. An Introduction to Image Processing: Libby Smith MPAGB, EFIAP, HonPAGB, HonSPF. Libby joins us for a second time this session, but this time she is sharing her expertise in the use of Photoshop. Libby has a passion for creating stunning art from her images using image processing. She will lead us through the setting up of Photoshop, and help us to understand the terminology used, then show us how to correct common faults before giving a masterclass of advanced creative effects. Lots to learn, and an interesting evening of stunning images.

Saturday 11 : 11am - 1pm Bass Clef Bargains, in Eastgate Theatre, see page 42.

Saturday 4 : 10am - 12noon Peebles Horticultural Society will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday 4th May in Peebles Rugby Club, 10am to 12noon. The Schedules for this Annual Flower Show will be available. Tuesday 7 May : 7.30pm Peebles Community Trust AGM, see page 28. Wednesday 8 : 7.30pm-8.30pm Friends of Kailzie Wildlife talk - Fishing on the River Tweed, Osprey Centre, Kailzie Gardens. The Tweed Foundation will give a talk on the subject of fishing on the River Tweed. They will be discussing the fall in the fish numbers, particularly salmon, found on the River Tweed and the potential reasons for this and what can be done about it. All welcome. Free - but donations welcome. Thursday 9 : 7pm Tweeddale Quakers invite you to join them for a midweek time of stillness in the Studio at the Eastgate. Tea/coffee at 7.45pm. To find out what to expect, visit www.quaker.org.uk. Alison Moore, Clerk, Tweeddale Quaker Meeting 01896 831953 alison@petalmoore. net Thursday 9 : 7.30pm Community Council Meeting in the Old Burgh Chamber. All meetings are open to the public. www. peeblescommunity.org.

Sunday 12 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Monday 13 : 7pm Tweeddale Amnesty International Group meetings in St. Andrew’s Leckie Bakehouse (upstairs). A warm welcome is extended to all concerned about human rights. Tuesday 14 : 23pm - 4pm Tweeddale University of the Third Age (TU3A) Our next open meeting in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Hall with a presentation from Dr Margaret Collin from Melrose Historic Society entitled ‘Rediscovering St Cuthbert’s First Monastic Home’. All members and guests are welcome. If you would like more information please visit our website: u3asites.org.uk/ tweeddale/home or phone the membership secretary 01721722791. We look forward to meeting you. Wednesday 15 : 2pm – 4pm Tweeddale Textile Group This month’s meeting will be the last one of this session. It will consist of a short AGM followed by an illustrated talk by Jo Avery from Edinburgh. Her talk is entitled ‘A Journey Through Quilting and Textiles’ As usual the meeting will be held in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road, Peebles. Visitors are very welcome at a charge of £5. Wednesday 15 : 7.30pm *Peebles Camera Club. AGM and Annual Prize Giving: Chairperson David Graham. We hold our Annual General Meeting, with reports on the year and the election of new committee members, followed by the announcement of the results of the annual competition, with prizes for the best digital image and the best print image. The evening is rounded off by a viewing of all of the 2019 Borders Challenge images, plus our own Photo Challenge images. We are back for our first meeting of the new session on 4th September.

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13 Thursday 16 :7pm Peebles Flower Club, The evening will start with the AGM, followed by supper then a talk from Catherine Duncan from Cloudberry Flowers. Sunday 19 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Gypsy Glen/Glensax Circular. A strenuous walk from Kingsmeadows car park to the top of Glen Road, and on to Gypsy Glen and the Old Drove Road. Ascend Kailzie Hill and Kirkhope Law to foot of Birkscairn Hill, descend to Glensax and back to start. 7.5 miles/ 12km, ascent 1575 feet/480m. Saturday 25 : 10am - 12noon Coffee Morning in aid of The Alec Lucas Memorial Trust, Burgh Hall, Peebles 10am-12 noon. Tombola, Raffle, Cake and Candy. Entry only £1.50. Saturday 25 : 10am - 12noon The Flower Committee of The Old Parish Church will be having a Coffee Morning in The McFarlane Hall. There will be scones with jam and cream served with tea, coffee or juice. All the usual stalls available. Sunday 26 : 9.30am **Tweeddale Ramblers. Peebles to Gordon Arms Linear. A strenuous walk from Kingsmeadows car park to the top of Glen Road, and on to Gypsy Glen and the Old Drove Road. Ascend Kailzie Hill, Kirkhope Law, Birkscairn Hill, Stake Law, Peat Hill, Middle Rig, Whitehope Rig and Mountbenger Underhill to the Gordon Arms in the Yarrow valley. Return by minibus so booking essential. Please contact walk leader (see website for details). 14.9 miles/24 km, ascent 2100 feet/640m. Sunday 26 : 10.30am Tweeddale Quaker Meeting for Worship. Nomad Beat, Cherry Court, 10-11 Cavalry Park, Kingsmeadows Road Peebles EH45 9BU. Saturday 1 June : 10am - 4pm Alec Lucas Memorial Trust Football Tournament, Whitestone Park, Peebles. 16 teams, 7 aside competing for The Alec Lucas Trophy. Come along and support this great day Whilst enjoying a pint of beer from the beer tent and catering by Gary Moore. (beef burgers hotdogs!) there will be ‘spot kick’, car boot sale and ice cream by Caldwells. All welcome, free entry.

Regular Events Tuesday and Friday : 10am - 12noon Peebles CAN community garden, behind Victoria Park Centre, Kingmeadows Road. All welcome to volunteering sessions, 10-12 Tuesday mornings. Tea and coffee provided. Wednesday : 2 - 4pm Peebles Stroke Group - An invitation to anyone living with stroke to join us for a chance to socialise and chat with others in similar circumstances at Haylodge Day Hospital in the dining room. For more information phone 01721 730233. Thursday : 6.50pm for 7pm start Peebles Bridge Club meet every Thursday throughout the year and on Mondays from September to May. We play at the Peebles Hydro Hotel, Innerleithen Road. Visitors are most welcome but should contact the secretary first. We run lessons over winter starting in October. Contact Gordon Milne (secretary) 01721 721167 or peeblesbridgeclub@ gmail.com. Fortnightly - Friday 2.30-4.30pm The Peeblesshire Twin and Multiple Club are now meeting up fortnightly at Gytes Leisure Centre. The club offers support, advice and an opportunity to socialise with other twin/multiple families. All welcome. Join our FB page for more info or contact Jenna Telford jennareid80@yahoo. com. Saturday : 9am Peebles Local Food Market, Eastgate, High Street. Check Peebles CAN Facebook page for further details.

Saturday : 9.30am Haylodge parkrun starts in Hay Lodge Park, Peebles. We will be there every Saturday thereafter (aside from Beltane and possibly the Highland Show). www. parkrun.org.uk/haylodge Weekday evenings and at Weekends Peebles Curling Club plays at Murrayfield Ice Rink from September to March. We extend a warm welcome to new members of all ages, experience and ability. Inexperienced newcomers usually start in the reserves when playing can fit in with your availability. The Club arranges occasional beginner sessions and regular coaching for novices is available through the Edinburgh Curling School. For more information contact Tom Hardie (club secretary): thomashardie@btinternet.com *Peebles Camera Club. Meet in the Community Centre, Walkershaugh. Come and join us, all are welcome. Details and much, much more from www.peeblescameraclub. co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @PeeblesCamera **Tweeddale Ramblers. All walks meet at Kingsmeadows car park unless otherwise stated. For further information please phone Eleanor, 01721 722532, Mobile 07736 369336, or visit www.ramblers.org.uk/tweeddale

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A look back in time: Early Christian graves at Lyne

Exploring the Past with the Peeblesshire Archaeological Society Illustrations

1. View of the Abbey Knowe cists during excavation in 1998 (Photo: T Ward) 2. View of the cists following reinstatement and installation of drystone plinth (Photo: T Cowie) 3. Viewing the site of Lyne Roman fort from the interpretation panel (Photo: T Cowie)

Peeblesshire Archaeological Society (PAS) was formed in 1994. From the start, one of the society’s principal aims has been to further understanding of the archaeology & history of Tweeddale. It does that by undertaking survey work, excavation and research and then promoting the results to a wider audience – outreach activity that is exemplified by the Society’s long-standing interest in the archaeological and historic monuments around Lyne Kirk. Just west of the church at Lyne is a prominent wooded knoll known as Abbey Knowe. On it there stands a drystane plinth containing an information panel designed to introduce visitors to the archaeological significance of the knoll and other sites nearby. Installed back in 2005, the plinth and its information panel represented the outcome of a local community archaeology project which had begun in the summer of 1998… After climbing the knoll to obtain a better view of nearby Lyne Roman fort, archaeologists Sharron Corder and David Cowley made an exciting discovery when they noticed the remains of a cist (or stone-lined grave) eroding out from the gravel at their feet. Biggar-based archaeologist Tam Ward was contacted and a rescue excavation was undertaken with the help of local society volunteers and with the kind consent of Wemyss and March Estates and Messrs Waddell of Lyne Farm. Excavation revealed the remains of three cists on top of the knoll. No human remains survived in the acid soil, but the size of the cists suggests the burials had been

those of children. They may have formed part of a larger cemetery removed without record during quarrying of the knoll in the past. At first the cists were thought to be prehistoric but their construction, distinctive eastwest alignment and the lack of any grave goods showed they were more likely to be so-called ‘long cists’, a form of grave mostly associated with what used to be known as the ‘Dark Ages’ – the period between the 5th and 8th centuries AD which saw the increasingly widespread adoption of Christianity by communities in southern Scotland. Early Christian burials, ranging from small groups of one or two graves to sizeable cemeteries have been found at a number of sites in the Lothians and the Borders but only a few such cist burials have been found in Tweeddale. Despite the absence of finds, the excavators were therefore delighted with their discoveries. For hundreds of years, visitors to Lyne have probably made their way up to the top of Abbey Knowe in order to appreciate the view of the ramparts of the Roman fort, little knowing that they were actually standing on the remains of an Early Christian cemetery! If you visit Lyne Kirk (or the other archaeological sites nearby) please observe the Scottish Outdoor Access Code at all times As noted above, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the society’s formation! To celebrate this milestone, we have organised a one-day conference devoted to the Archaeology of Tweeddale, which will be held in the MacFarlane Hall, Peebles on Saturday 19 October.

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Bonnie Peebles Our 2019 gardening calendar began in March, and we had a lovely sunny afternoon to meet up. Since then all our areas have been weeded and tidied and look much better again, thanks to a good turnout of committee and volunteers. The area we tend at Hay Lodge now looks good with the changes we have made and the addition of more new shrubs. Last year we planted 2,500 summer bedding, 1400 polyanthus, 25 roses, 25 shrubs and 600 bulbs also adding compost to several beds. Our seats were all treated in Northgate Garden, at Swimming Pool, Forest View and School Brae and as always maintenance work throughout the season. Our plant numbers this year will be similar, and Derek at Scott Bros. received our summer bedding order in February

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The display of Christmas lights in Peebles over the festive period was better than ever. It was all made possible by many people working behind the scenes. Volunteers put up the lights over several Sunday mornings, and took them down again in January. We are grateful to A.T Best Handlers who supplied a machine which made the task easier. We are also very grateful to Two Rivers Vets and Peebles Masonic Lodge who power some of the display each year free of charge. A huge thank you also must go to Stobo Castle for their continued sponsorship which helps us to maintain and improve the display. The weather on the Switch On Night was perfect, and the people of Peebles turned out in their droves to support us and make the night a tremendous success. We increased the number of Market Stalls to 30 making the event even bigger, and of course, the funfair always attracts the youngsters. After eight years in post our Chairman David Elder has decided to step down. Back in 2010 when David took over as Chairman, the committee had very little money and the equipment on display was leased and put up by contractors. David secured valuable sponsorship from Stobo Castle Health Spa. Together with monies raised by

individuals, some businesses in the town, fundraising and coffee mornings the Association has managed to buy all the displays you now see in Peebles at Christmas time. The financial support is also used to maintain, repair and replace the equipment and lights as necessary.

Scottish Borders Council’s Health and Safety requirements have become more and more stringent which has meant that a significant administrative exercise precedes the organisation of the Switch On Night, also undertaken by David. He leaves with thanks for his drive and enthusiasm from all who have worked with him on the committee as well, I am sure, with appreciation from the wider community whose Christmases have been brightened up by the festive displays. We need more folk to join our small committee to help with decision making, fundraising and technical support. For more information, please contact us through our Peebles Christmas Lights Association Facebook page, come along to our AGM at 7.30pm in the Buchan Room at the Tontine Hotel on Wednesday 15th May, or phone 01721 722882. Anne Snoddy, Secretary

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Peeblesshire Youth Trust News and our monthly group activities.

Summer term is always a busy time at Peeblesshire Youth Trust, as well as our ongoing work to support young people across Tweeddale, we organise an annual fundraiser, Achieve-a-Ball, at the end of April, and our charity Golf Day on 14th May. We continue to work with increasing numbers of children across Tweeddale, therefore our fundraising events are vital to continue our Achieve Your Potential programmes, our mentoring

We are also very grateful to local businesses and organisations that continue to support our work at PYT. We recently received a donation of £1000 from Barratt Homes East Scotland, thanks to Emma Stenhouse of Barratt Homes, who nominated our charity as a recipient of the Divisional Charity pot at Barratt Homes, following support given by PYT to Emma’s daughter, Grace, over recent years. PYT works across Tweeddale to support children aged

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The Alec Lucas Memorial Football Tournament Whitestone Park, Peebles, EH45 8GL Saturday 1st June 2019 11am till 4pm Admission Free. This year’s annual football tournament will start at 11am where there will be 16-7aside team’s battling it out to win the prestigious Alec Lucas Silver Trophy with the runners up taking the beautiful Royal Marines Trophy. Most of the teams are local to Peebles with visiting teams from Chester and Royal Marine Teams. The day will start at 11am with a minutes silence to remember the life of Alec Lucas. Alec was a very brave Royal Marine Commando who was killed in action whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2008. This is the 11th year and Last year there was a fantastic turn out with lots of support from family, friends and visitors. Gary Moore will be doing the catering serving up beef burgers, hotdogs and Caldwell’s selling their famous home made ice cream. Plus the Beer Tent!! Serving soft drinks and alcohol!

A two day festival of jousting, falconry, archery, wandering minstrels, combat displays and skirmishes, living history traders, crafters and demonstrators.

There will be the popular Spot Kick and lots of football for the Kids. This is a very special day so please come along and enjoy what’s on offer and support the football teams that come from far and wide to commemorate this day. All money raised goes to local Football teams and Royal Marine Charities. Total raised to date £131,000. SCIO SC 043175 www.aleclucasmemorialtrust.co.uk

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A Gift from ‘Chief Shot-on-Both-Side’ Comes to Peebles The ‘John Buchan Story’ Museum opened its doors for the new season on the 1st April, with an exciting new range of artefacts relating to Buchan’s time in Canada.

and to a Museum in Bournemouth. After painstaking restoration work, the loan of these pieces will be a highlight of the Museum this coming season.

John Buchan was Governor General from 1935 until his death in 1940. During that time, he toured extensively through the country, receiving many honours, including some from the people of the First Nations. One such presentation was made in Saskatchewan in 1936, with a wonderful eagle feather headdress, cape and gloves. All are now proudly on display in a new cabinet in the Peebles Museum.

In addition, there is also a new exhibition about the royal tour of Canada in 1939 by King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth, featuring items loaned by the Buchan family. This was an important visit just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War which helped to cement public opinion firmly behind the stance against Hitler.

The headdress was presented by ‘Chief-Shot-on Both Sides’ of the Kainaiwa tribe of the Blackfoot nation and Buchan was given the title Chief Eagle Head (or Eagle Face). After his death, these elaborate pieces found their way to members of the Buchan family

Buchan is chiefly remembered for writing his famous novel The Thirty Nine Steps, but the Museum shows that there was much more to this great man. To encourage more visitors to see this exciting extension to the collection and the life of John Buchan, it will be waiving its normal entrance fee to allow free entry this year!


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Peebles Community Trust Update March Street Mill There were happy smiles in Peebles at the news that the town has won its campaign to prevent the former March Street Mill from becoming another housing estate. The community’s success in opposing mill owners Moorbrook proposals for private housing at the former mill site was announced last month by the Scottish Government’s Planning Reporter after the company appealed against Sottish Borders Council’s failure to consider its planning application in time. Council officials had recommended approving Moorbrook’s application for 70 new homes, but a concerted campaign led by Peebles Community Council, Peebles Civic Society, Peebles Community Trust, the March Street Mill Allotments Association and local councillors persuaded members of the planning committee to undertake a site visit before reaching a decision. Moorbrook lodged its appeal to the Planning Reporter before committee members had a chance to visit the site – although they subsequently voted unanimously to reject the plans. Planning Reporter Chris Norman said housing on the site would be in line with council and Scottish Government policy. But moving the 44 allotments to a smaller contaminated and heavily shaded part of the site breached legislation on the protection of green space. The allotments were given as a gift to mill workers as part of the World War Two Dig for Britain campaign and Mr Norman praised the area as “well-maintained”. He said security of tenure would have “clear practical benefits” and warned that any attempt by Moorbrook to give the plot-holders notice to quit would not change the reason for his decision to refuse planning consent.

Peebles Community Trust (PCT) is now proceeding with an application for a Community Right to Buy (CRtB) on the five acre mill site after canvassing support from local residents. PCT commissioned a feasibility study and architects report on the site two years ago and would like to see a 24/7 supported care home on the site, along with employment, training and start-up facilities and affordable housing. PCT chairman Lawrie Hayworth said Scottish Borders Council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan has identified the need for further affordable homes in Peebles and for some 50 extra supported accommodation on the model of Dovecote Court. “The March Street Mill site is the only place in Peebles where this can be achieved because there is no alternative town centre land capable of meeting this shortfall. We have surveyed the site and established a partnership with a local developer and with a housing association to do it ourselves. Our ambitious proposal will protect the allotments and provide much needed employment, training and start-up facilities.” The buy-out bid follows the current project to secure ownership of the former Ex-Serviceman’s Club, which went into administration last September. PCT is already managing the building in School Brae as a community hub providing premises with storage for local groups. Peebles Men’s Shed, the Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band and Tweeddale Peace Group are already among the tenants and PCT expects to be able to finalise its purchase this summer.

AGM Peebles Community Trust is urging members to attend its annual general meeting on May 7 in its new headquarters at the former Ex-

Servicemen’s Club in School Brae in the wake of the successful campaign to prevent nearly 70 new houses on the former March Street Mill site. The trust needs 10 per cent of its membership of more than 1,000 to approve proposals to make minor alterations in its Articles of Association to comply with Scottish Government requirements for organisations applying for a Community Right to Buy (CRtB) project. Members can vote by proxy on forms that are available from the PCT office in School Brae and on an email attachment. PCT wants to register a CRtB on the mill site and develop proposals for a 24/7 supported care home, alongside employment, training and start-up facilities and affordable housing. If registration is approved, PCT will have the right to buy should the site be placed on the open market during a five-year period. PCT chairman Lawrie Hayworth said, “It’s important that we get the required number of votes for this straightforward and simple change in our Articles of Association in order to comply with Scottish Government requirement. “We now have more than 1,000 members so we need just one in ten to vote on a simple change of wording by registering a proxy vote, or better still be coming to the meeting on May 7, which will be followed by an Open Forum to discuss the progress of our current projects.” The projects include Eshiels Community Wood, which PCT bought last autumn, the impending purchase of the former ExServicemen’s Club in School Brae, plans for an all-Peebles Allotments Association and an Upcycling project to recycle re-useable items rather than throw them away into landfill. The meeting takes place at 7.30pm.

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Applications are now open for the next round of DHRC Creative Fund grants for young people in Tweeddale. The DHRC Creative Fund offers grants of up to £500 to help young people aged 8-25 in Tweeddale pursue a creative dream such as music, drama, drawing and painting, dance, comedy; in fact anything that may be considered art. So, if you have a creative idea and need some financial help why not get in touch? Past grant recipients Imogen Smith (July 2017) and Erin Little (December 2018) were placed first and second in their section when they took part in a recent national dance competition held at the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen. This is a great achievement and the DHRC Fund is delighted to have been able to assist them with their artistic pursuits. Well done both of you! Since the DHRC Creative Fund was launched in 2017, it has helped a wide variety of young people in the Tweeddale area advance their artistic dreams. We’ve given grants for art materials and lessons, dance classes, music lessons, help with buying a musical instrument, a video camera for making films, and fees for international competitions. If you have an artistic talent and need some financial help to take it to the next level, why not apply? For more information visit our website: www. downrighthomespun.co.uk/dhrc-creative-fund where you can read more about the fund and download the application form. The deadline for this new round of applications is 31st May 2019. Applications can be submitted online, or printed and handed in to the Eastgate box office by 31st May 2019.

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The last meeting of the spring / summer session will be in May when our guest speaker will be Jim Robertson, with his talk covering his work overseas with the International Red Cross, co-ordinating the organisations emergency response to numerous major natural and man-made disasters. His work took him Asia, Africa and Europe and included time spent in Afghanistan, Former Yugoslavia, China, Mozambique and Sri Lanka. Jim’s talk will aim to give an overview of the International Red Cross along with an insight into some of the emergencies he covered during his twenty years with the organisation. The Community Bus will operate as usual. Please remember that all members who require the Community Bus must phone and leave a message / text / email the Secretary (all details below) to book your seat. We are holding a Table Sale in the Burgh Hall on Saturday, 4 May 2019 from 10am – 3pm. Entry is by silver collection. Peebles Pensioners Association

will be running a Grand Tombola, which already has prizes ranging from jewellery to gift sets to a Harris Tweed handbag to a very good bottle of whiskey! We are very lucky to have so many talented crafters coming along to the table sale with a wonderful variety of products such as cards, baby knits, handmade children’s clothes, bunting, aprons, jewellery, candles, handmade lotions and balms, felt and textile gifts and pictures, tote bags, children’s backpacks and everything for the fairy loving child in your house such as tutus and wands. Remember that Peebles Men’s Sheds and Carol’s Creations will also be at the table sale. And of course, no Table Sale would be complete without the many tablers selling the usual eclectic mix of pre-owned household items, clothes, books, toys, bric-a-brac and collectables! So please come along to our Table Sale and have a look, your support would be very much appreciated! All enquiries to Laura Scott (Secretary) 07484 663518 / peeblespensioners@btinternet.com

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May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month… Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month was started in 2005, as National Veterinary Nursing Day. Over the years it has expanded as the profession has grown, into a month long event. The aim is simple: to raise awareness of veterinary nurses’ importance and their valuable contributions to the veterinary profession. Did you know that the title ‘Veterinary Nurse’ is not protected? This means anyone can call themselves a vet nurse or VN. However, truly qualified veterinary nurses can be easily identified, they will have their Veterinary Nursing badge which they receive at their graduation and they will usually wear a green uniform. Veterinary nursing students (SVNs) have a striped white and green version.

nurses from all over the country. During the course, we learn how to handle a variety of animals from cats and guinea pigs to more exotic animals like snakes and bearded dragons. We also learn how your animals’ body systems work, and how to nurse multiple medical conditions when your animals are in the vets. Once qualified and registered, a nurse is added to the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Register and to remain there, they must complete a minimum of 45 hours’ continuous professional development every 3 years throughout their career. Only nurses on this register can correctly refer to themselves as Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs). So as you can tell, there is a lot of

studying and hard work that goes into becoming a vet nurse, and that is only the beginning…… RVNs may specialise in their area of work. Some work in referral hospitals where they provide nursing for particular types of cases or surgery e.g. Emergency and critical care nursing, orthopaedic nursing etc. Others study for certificates in certain areas to enhance their knowledge for example anaesthesia, surgical nursing and even becoming a ‘Suitably Qualified Person’ to dispense medications. Some will work in Zoos and Exotic practices or even travel the world to work with a range of animals. Nurses also use their expertise to carry out research projects for various companies and universities and quite often work in laboratories.

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37 A ‘normal’ day for a RVN doesn’t really exist, as it can vary greatly from hour to hour and patient to patient. However, we generally also have a set list of jobs to carry out throughout the day. We start by admitting any animals who are in for surgery that morning, and get them settled in a bed. We then carry out a pre-anaesthetic check, alongside our vets, to ensure that all of our patients are healthy before their procedure. We then ensure their anaesthetics go as safely as possible by constantly monitoring them and recording their heart rates, breathing rates, eye position and many other things. We continue to monitor every individual animal very closely from immediately after surgery, to make sure their recovery is smooth and uneventful, until they are ready to go home. All the sterile equipment used in the operations needs to be cleaned and re-sterilised, so we carry this task out, as well as cleaning and preparing the surgical theatre between each operation. There are also many other tasks we can do that many people aren’t aware of. We can take radiographs and carry out minor dental work, such as a scale and polish. We can take blood samples and place intravenous catheters. We are able to ‘scrub in’ and assist with surgery and also able to stitch up minor wounds under the surgeon’s supervision!

We also carry out nurse clinics to help with things such as weight control, blood pressure and diabetes, as well as smaller things such as nail clips or even to remove ticks or give advice and treatment on parasites. To end our day, we clean and disinfect the practice to a high standard to ensure it is clean and ready for the next day – keeping your animals as safe as we can, even in the waiting room! This is just a quick look into the life of the veterinary nurse, but as you can see we have a wide range of skills which we put use every day. We take pride in our work and do everything we can to ensure your pet is well cared for throughout their stay in the clinic. This May, we would like you to join us in celebrating the wonderful work our Veterinary Nurses do on a daily basis, and

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help us to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice. Please pop in to any of our Border Vets clinics and look at our displays, including ‘a day in the life of a veterinary nurse’, and join in with our various competitions to raise awareness of this crucial member of the team. We will also be running a ‘Best Pet Selfie / Social Media Post - quoting #whatvnsdo & #VNAM19’. Please check out our Border Vets facebook page, or ask one of our team for more information.

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Peebles Portrait Mary MacIntyre

By Steve Dubé __________________________________________________________________________________________ It can take Mary MacIntyre a long time to walk from one end of town to the other: “Every time I go up Peebles High Street with her it always takes forever because she stops and chats to everyone,” says Neil, her husband of 40 years. After talking to her on behalf of Peebles Life I can confirm that Mary enjoys a hearty chat. She makes a timely appearance in this month’s Portrait on retiring after more than 20 years as administrator at Kingsland Primary School. Neil has also recently retired, after 45 years as a lab manager in the Veterinary Pathology department at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School, on Edinburgh University’s Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian. The couple plan to spend their free time exploring parts of the world they’ve always wanted to visit. Tourism operators can expect a chatty customer. Innerleithen was just too quiet for Mary when she and Neil moved down from their native Edinburgh in 1979. What’s more, the shops used to close at noon on a Saturday, which did not impress this city girl. “We decided to move out of Edinburgh because it was so difficult to get on the property ladder there and we did look at Peebles but someone mentioned Innerleithen so we tried there,” she says. It was convenient for Mary’s first job south of the city as assistant catering manager in the former Peel Hospital near Clovenfords. By 1981 they had settled in Peebles, in the house they still occupy in Rosetta Road, although the building is now very different. It looks small on the outside, but expands Tardis-like indoors thanks to Neil’s extensive refurbishments, improvements and extensions. By the time they moved, Mary was working in Edinburgh and Neil at the Easter Bush Campus, so they travelled up together on

roads that she recalls were almost free of traffic – although petrol was expensive at 79p a gallon – less than 17.4p a litre. Work at Edinburgh’s Holyrood High School involved managing two kitchens providing 1,000 meals in four dining rooms; then Mary became assistant area catering organiser for schools in Midlothian until 1988 when she took maternity leave. Daughter Hazel, now a primary school teacher in Edinburgh, was born that year and son David, who works as an Outward Bound instructor in Wales, three years later. After Hazel’s birth, Mary became a weekend relief cook at Netherurd Girl Guide Centre, Blythe Bridge, for eight years, during which time she joined the school board at Kingsland Primary School. It was a move that would in time dictate the rest of Mary’s working life. “I was interested to see what the school was doing before I sent anybody there,” she explains. “I did that as well as child-minding once David was one year old until he went to primary school. Kingsland school was then up where Halyrude school is now – I liked what I saw and was happy to send the children to the local school.” Her career at the school began in 1997, when Mary started doing afternoon office work, which was later combined with working as an additional needs classroom assistant. There was a brief interlude from Kingsland when Mary was seconded to headquarters for six months. She says, “It probably proved to me that the grass was not greener on the other side: An office-based job is different from a school, where you never know what will come through the door and where there’s a lot of fun. When you’re dealing with children, parents and teachers no two days are the same.”

Office work at Kingsland increased when the school secretary left, and then came the excitement of the move to the new school campus on Neidpath Road: “It was all hands on deck getting everything boxed and labelled. A lot of parents came in and helped. It was very exciting.” Mary loves the new school, which earned the architects a Scottish Design Awards in 2011. She pays tribute to head teacher Jacqueline Wilson for her attention to detail during the construction. “It still looks new because it’s such a modern design,” she says. She also loves Peebles: “It’s home now. Very soon after we moved to Peebles we both said we didn’t think we would move from here and I consider myself fortunate that we have not had to move, for instance for Neil’s work. Eastgate Theatre is wonderful and we still have enough independent shops. It’s such a friendly place and you are more likely to be involved with things here than you would be in town.” Mary has done her share of getting involved. She got interested in Scottish Country Dance while living in Innerleithen and later took a teacher’s certificate and ran a club at the Leckie church hall. “I did that for 25 years, and I only stopped because I felt that people were coming to support me and we were not getting anybody new coming in,” she says. “I would call dances for Christian Aid events and help out at Innerleithen as well. It’s better now because people can do homework on You Tube – they can watch the dance and read the instructions and make sense of it.” She gave up the club two years ago, but says she still enjoys country dancing. “I might get back into it, but Neil’s not into country dancing. He likes modern jive and we go to Chalky White’s class in The MacFarlane. I just

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enjoy dancing.” She also enjoys golf, and can often be found at Peebles Golf Club, where she serves on the committee as well as playing the game. “Neil and I joined the club when David was 11. Hazel wasn’t interested because there are no shops on a golf course; David was better than either of us very soon,” she says. Mary is modest about her ability.

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She has a handicap of 28 and can’t help but notice that it goes up very slowly if you play a bad round but goes down very quickly if you play well. Even so, a clutch of trophies in the living room shows that she’s no slouch either. And (with Neil) she won a qualifier to play in a mixed handicap competition at Gleneagles last September. “We treated ourselves to a night there before the event to have a look round, though we did not stay there during the actual competition.


It was a great experience, which we might never do again.” Mary now has more time for golf, but she’s looking further afield as well. She and Neil are compiling a list of places they’ve always wanted to visit, both at home and abroad. Several trips are planned for the current year and South Africa, where Mary has close relations, is pencilled in for next year. It’s time to do the things they’ve never done.





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Love’s Labour’s Lost Shakespeare at Traquair’s annual promenade performance in the beautiful grounds of Traquair House, Innerleithen this year features Love’s Labour’s Lost, a boisterous send-up of all those who confuse fantasy with reality. No, not another parody on Brexit but a Shakespearean romp that uses just about every weapon in the Bard’s arsenal from excruciating crosspurposes and impersonations to drunkenness and bust-ups. A male quartet from the upper echelons of Navarre society make a bunch of public commitments which turn out to be a tad inconvenient, so they simply invent a way to ignore their own edicts in order to live a more pleasurable existence themselves. But these debonair boys are swiftly outfoxed by the quartet of strong-willed, strong-armed girls that they try to woo and who quickly tie the love-struck guys in knots. Game, set and match to the ladies. Throw into this mix a confused Spaniard, a raunchy wench, a gullible fool and a couple of woffling academics and you’ve got all the ingredients for an evening of music and mayhem. But what about the dancing Russians (pictured)? No, not a cameo from Donald Trump’s little helpers, just those men trying to pull another fast one. Badly. During a break in rehearsals at a wet and windswept Traquair recently this year’s director, Tim Wilcock, explained that “Love’s Labour’s Lost is a very wordy play. This suited Elizabethan audiences who were used to Shakespeare’s style of telling them what he was going to tell them, telling them and then finishing the play by telling them what he’d told them, with a few bits of cross dressing and mistaken identity thrown in along the way to spice things up. But today’s audiences expect a little more than that, so I’ve added visual humour through physical theatre and used every opportunity to break the fourth wall and allow the actors to involve the audience in the show.”

Shakespeare at Traquair also has a tradition of involving young actors in its shows and this year is no exception with twenty noisy youngsters taking centre stage in a specially written prologue which sets up each evening’s performance. The youngsters also get to do some scene stealing roles as trees and as various stage props. With the Swinging Sixties providing a treasure trove of love songs to get the vocal chords around, it’s going to be entertaining from start to finish with a feast of language, puns, rhymes and grotesque coinages staged as a high-energy, tightly choreographed piece of theatre. Bring a picnic, perhaps a chair, but certainly something warm and waterproof to wear and the entertainment will start with some music from around 7.15pm. The show proper starts at 7.30pm. Performances are at Traquair House, Innerleithen. There’s a preview on Tuesday 28th May (entry by donation) followed by performances from Wednesday 29th May to Saturday 1st June and then Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th June. Tickets are £8/£6 Weds/Thurs, £14/£12 Fri/Sat from the Eastgate Theatre on 01721 725777.


Bass clef BARGAINS Peebles Orchestra was founded by Claire Garnett in 1976 and she has been running it as well as playing the bassoon for the last 42 years. Now it is time to retire, and hand over to fitter, and younger players. Not only is the bassoon for sale, but also an extensive library of wind music which, joined by Roger Clarke’s music for solo ‘cello and strings, makes up an exciting opportunity for musicians to acquire parts at bargain prices. Bass Clef Bargains is a sale of music for bassoon & ‘cello; wind & strings comprising Solos, Duets, Trios, Quartets,

Quintets, and larger ensembles. There are also a number of orchestral and vocal scores as well as many books on music. Profits from the sale will be donated to the Eastgate Theatre Development Fund and to Peebles Orchestra. Bass Clef Bargains is on Saturday May 11th from 11.00 to 13.00 In Eastgate Theatre Peebles EH45 8AD To obtain a list of music contact Claire on rc.garnett@ btopenworld.com


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Tweeddale Youth Action

It has been another busy month at the youth club and this month we would like to start with a few thank yous: Firstly, many thanks go to Masonic Lodge St Ronans for their recent £300 donation this will go towards our ever-expanding summer programme of free activities and is hugely welcomed! Next up, huge thanks go to everybody who contributed to our newly built herb garden and seating space at our Peebles Youth Club, including: Matthew Rorison and team from MKM building supplies for their generous donation of timber; Dave Alcorn and his team from TCV for their construction skills

and Peebles CAN for making this happen! Thanks also go to our team of youth volunteers for all their hard work, and we are now just hoping for some sunshine to enjoy this new space. Bike Punks have also been busy, and I’m delighted to report that our Bike Punks Go e-Bike hub is now live and waiting for you to hire one of our fabulous electric bikes and electric cargo bikes. Online bookings can be made through our online booking system at www.bikepunks.org.uk, and we are starting with an introductory flat rate of £25 per hire for either 1, 4 or 7 days. The e-bike rental hub is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and if you haven’t yet experienced an electric bike, they’re tremendous fun and a great way of getting around. We are now taking bookings for our Blackpool Pleasure Beach trip

on Saturday 3rd August, and the cost is £25 for youth club members and £45 for non-members. Planning for our summer holiday programme is almost complete and please look at our website for more information and updates. Youth club drop-in sessions remain: Tuesday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Drop-in S2+ Wednesday 6-8pm, Peebles Craft Punks, all ages Thursday 6-8pm, Innerleithen Drop-in P7-S1 Friday 6-9pm, Peebles Drop-in S1+ For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit our new look website www. tweeddaleyouth.co.uk get in touch on 01721 724779 or e-mail info@ tweeddaleyouth.co.uk

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Large Wild Brown Trout on the Tweed Home to the large wild Tweedsmuir brown trout of the Upper Tweed and considered by many to have some of the finest wild brown trout and grayling fishing in Britain, the trout fishing season is now in full swing. The Peeblesshire Trout Fishing Association offers fishing for both wild brown trout and grayling on around 23 miles of the River Tweed and 5 miles of the Lyne Water in Peeblesshire

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May Right now garden centres are chock full of new perennials but, if you’re new to gardening, it’s hard to tell which ones are good for your garden. What makes a good garden plant? Think about hardiness, maintenance, habit and character. Plants must be fully hardy to withstand Scottish winter, let alone Scottish summer; fully hardy means RHS H4 or H5 or USDA Zone 7 to 8. If the label says: “needs the shelter of a sunny wall” maybe that’s not for you unless you can see the sea from your garden. Then there’s maintenance. Does the label say it needs regular division, or staking, or spraying to prevent disease or pests? Probably not but you’d better check. Trouble-free perennials form clumps but don’t run at the root; some euphobias get about, so does rudbeckia. Selfseeders like oenethera need careful editing but may blend successfully with informal plantings and grasses. Tall plants are the ones most often staked so choose ones with good structure that will stand up to the wind. For example, delphiniums need staking but aconitum don’t – and aconitum don’t get eaten by slugs and snails either. Plants with less structure tend to flop in wind and heavy rain. Consider how you are going to use the plant in question: different habits suit particular parts of the garden. For example, along the front edge of a border you need something with decent foliage over a long period of time, flowers are a bonus. So plants like heuchera, stachys byzantina, small hostas, sedum and nepeta faasenii are good choices.

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The middle of the border is the place for two kinds of plants: the long-flowering ones and the stars you love even though they only last two weeks. Placing stars amongst long-flowering plants helps fill the gaps when the stars eventually go over. The stars create transience and excitement but long-flowering ones provide bulk and continuity. Stars are things like papaver and lilium but long-flowering ones are achillea, gaura, hemerocallis, penstemon, monarda and lychnis. At the back you need the robust stalwarts that will create the rhythm of the garden: delphiniums or aconitums, followed by anemone japonica Honorine Jobert. Other good late, tall plants include cimicifuga (or actaea), sanguisorba, rheum palmatum, and ligularia przewalskii or stenocephala. Repeat these in groups to make impact last all season. The character of a plant suits particular gardens: for example, some plants are bold or architectural and suit a dramatic modern garden, or cottage plants like daisies that suit an informal garden. There are formal plants for terraces and box-edged beds and naturalistic plants to combine with grasses for the wild garden. It doesn’t matter where you buy your plants: what matters is that they are healthy and well-rooted so never hesitate to look at the roots. Above all, try to remember one thing: fewer kinds of plants and more of them. That’s the way to get impact all season long.

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Young Talent in the Spotlight This month Eastgate Theatre audiences have the chance to experience performances that showcase the next generation of artistic talent emerging from the extraordinarily creative town of Peebles. Actors, musicians and dancers will take centre stage in a selection of events that begins with Tweed Theatre’s new production of Willie Russell’s Blood Brothers on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May at 7.30pm. Between these two performances, at 2.30pm on Saturday, Stride Young Dance Company will perform to music written and performed live on stage by members of Nomad Beat Community Music School who have, in turn taken inspiration from artwork created by Evie Douglas.

On Thursday 23 May (7.30pm) the theatre presents the world premiere of Twisted Tales – a collection of three one-act plays about nasty children devised and performed by the drama students of Peebles High School. The junior pupils (aged 5 – 11) of the Fiona Henderson School of Dance bring the month to a close by performing their, now traditional, annual dance extravaganza on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May at 2.30pm. Tickets for these and other events during May are available now from the box office on 01721 725777 or online: www.eastgatearts.com

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Brexit At the time of writing I am not clear whether or not we will be having European elections. I would hazard a guess and plump for yes. If however events in the meantime have meant that a compromise has been reached at Westminster then that simply reflects on the unnecessary chaos since the referendum some 3 years ago. What have those 3 years taught us? Firstly that Scotland voted 62% Remain as did every council area in Scotland. Even across the UK it was a narrow squeak for Leave. During the 3 years was any consideration given to Scottish (or indeed the Northern Irish Remain vote) or indeed the final UK 52%-48%. Of course not. From Day 1 the SNP said it would respect the UK vote and proposed a Customs Union and the Single Market as inflicting the least damage on the Scottish economy as a compromise. Theresa May trying to appease (an impossible task) the Boris Johnsons and Rees-Moggs of this world and keep the Tory party intact set deep red lines in concrete: no Customs Union, no Single Market. Then we had the fiasco of her “Deal” being turned down 3 times by the UK Parliament. I asked at the start what have we learned? Firstly the premise for Leave emblazoned on the side of a bus was a big fat lie. There will be no £ 350 million a week payback to the UK Health service instead a £50 billion divorce bill. There is no “partnership” of equals with Scotland. 62% Remain? We can go whistle in the wind. As for Northern Ireland it may have voted Remain but the DUP hold all the cards in their hands. 10 DUP MPs getting £10 million for supporting the Tory Government, a million for each of their MPs and still able to veto the “Backstop”. Good work if you can get it. This Tory government is without a moral compass. As for Labour with Jeremy Corbyn, a known Leaver, and votes in the “Leave” North essential for any putative Labour victory, it is no wonder he vacillates. His posterior must now be accustomed to the proverbial fence. Only the SNP has put its cards on the table from the start and left them there. The Westminster First Past the Post system is broken,

has failed and is entirely discredited. Contrast that with the Scottish Parliament and PR. 20 years on and compromise is the order of the day. Only once in these 20 years has there been a government with an overall majority and that was a bit of a fluke. We have also been getting on with the day job not clogging up Parliament with a Brexit debate going round in vicious circles. As for Independence we were told in 2014, vote Yes and we will be out of Europe. Well we are being dragged out despite our votes. We didn’t write slogans on buses, we produced a substantial White Paper called Scotland’s Future, We held public debates for a couple of years on the possibilities for Scotland as an Independent nation: on housing, nuclear weapons, international relations and of course Europe. The two Referenda campaigns were as different as chalk from cheese. I tell you which I would prefer and had we voted Yes (although it was reasonable close 45% to 55%) how different our future would have been as it would have been for our English neighbour. Perhaps the neglected North of England which tipped the Leave vote would by now have its own representative Assembly turning that economy round and all of this could have been avoided. Both Scotland and the North of England should learn from this and Scotland should not let the opportunity for Independence slip through its fingers again. It will be the making of Scotland the indeed the rest of the UK.

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Peebles Silver Band During our Youth Band's final rehearsal before the school holidays at the end of March, the youngsters were thrilled to be joined by the “A4 Brass Quartet”. The Quartet, Jamie Smith (cornet), Jonathan Bates (tenor horn), Michael Cavanagh (baritone) and Chris Robertson (euphonium), were performing at the Eastgate Theatre on the same night as part of a recent tour but we are delighted to say they took time out to give a demonstration of their playing ability. They also passed on some of their invaluable musical knowledge and gave the Youth Band an insight into the life of a professional musician. The Quartet played alongside the Youth Band at the beginning of the rehearsal and gave tips and advice to players as the Youth Band played through their repertoire. The Band then learned about the essential aspects of playing in an ensemble: breathing, tuning, playing together and using the correct embouchure - no easy task! The youngsters listened well to the advice and then were given a challenge: to put all these aspects into their playing, the results were fantastic and the quality of the sound improved immediately.

Members of the Youth band then had the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session to get more of an insight into the life of a professional musician. The players were very enthusiastic when sharing their life experiences and talked very passionately about learning to play an instrument, all from a young age, and the opportunities this had given them in their future studies and life experiences. All of the quartet have enjoyed playing for Championship Section Bands in England and had all branched out into different areas of music: conducting, playing and composing. As the evening drew to a close the Youth Band were then given a demonstration from the Quartet, a fantastic ‘mini concert’ for everyone to enjoy. Members of the Youth Band, parents and senior players in attendance would like to pass on their sincere thanks to the A4 Brass Quartet for giving up their time and talking so passionately about their careers and experiences playing brass instruments. Thanks also to Joanna Lea for organising the invitation to the quartet. The experience and lessons learned on the night will no doubt benefit us all in the months and years to

come. Peebles Burgh Youth Band rehearse on a Tuesday evening between 6pm and 7pm with a Learners Band on Friday afternoons at 3.15pm. Tuition is free and instruments provided, again free of any charge, if necessary. Please email secretary. pbsb@gmail.com for further information. We are pleased to confirm the winners of our first "100 Club" Draw which took place in March were David Cornwall £50, Suzanne Brown £30 and Donna Hamilton £20. The prize money was curtailed as we build up to our 100 Club members. Once we achieve full membership, the monthly Prize Money will be £100, £75 and £50. If you would wish to join and pay a standing order of £5 a month to the Band, (and get a chance to win one of these cash prizes each month) please email the Band Treasurer for more details and a draw number martin.brown2711@outlook.com

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Talk of the Town By Steve Dubé __________________________________________________________________________________________ Once again, questions need to be asked about the without notice to the families. This has left people way Scottish Borders Council goes about its business. feeling that their family connections have been It took contractors five weeks to inspect nearly 1800 trampled on and there’s nothing they can do about it. gravestones in Peebles and to discover that 710 of In some cases families might have been more than them could be unsafe; that is, according to SBC, there willing to pay stabilise the memorials themselves was a discernible movement when “gently” pushed. so that they remained in situ. The council even You can see a gravestone being “gently pushed” on agreed that one man could repair two of his family’s the SBC’s dedicated “headstone testing” website. The memorials himself, but they were still pushed over. rules stipulate, that in the interests of public health A ten minute walk around the cemetery is all that is and safety, any wobblers should be stabilised by being needed to see what the contractors commissioned by laid flat or “socketed” into the ground. SBC have done. In some cases it’s hard to see why a Guidance issued by Historic Scotland (now Historic memorial was dismantled as the metal rods that once Environment Scotland) for those directly involved with held the upper stone secure are still firmly in place, organising work in historic burial grounds sets out leaving what one might suppose to be a potential how to minimise the damage caused by measures to hazard pointing alarmingly upwards. And it’s difficult ensure monument stability. to see why a very small cross was so dangerous that it had to be removed and laid on the round or rested The guidance says graveyard and cemetery managers horizontally on its plinth. must introduce a programme of regular inspections to identify potentially hazardous memorials and Some stones were broken during efforts to “stabilise” structures and must take remedial action to control them and looking at the video on SBC’s dedicated the risk of injury. headstone testing page it’s clear that the workmen were using more than “gentle horizontal fingertip It also states: “Owners of memorials should be pressure”. contacted prior to undertaking any inspections so that they are aware of the reasons for the work. It is also Many of us will recall reading about the tragic death good practice to inform clergy, local residents and of an eight-year-old lad who died in a Glasgow visitors to the graveyard of the work being undertaken graveyard in May 2015 after a tombstone fell on him and why.” while he played with friends. His family received a six-figure compensation payment from Glasgow City It adds: “To test the stability of a memorial, approach Council after a Sheriff ruled the boy’s death could it carefully from one side and apply gentle horizontal have been prevented if the memorial had been fingertip pressure, away from your body, to a point at routinely inspected, and if a hole in the wall where the approximately shoulder height.” boys got into the graveyard had been repaired. The council says notices were put up in the cemetery No one would argue against the council making sure informing people that the survey was about to that the graveyard is as safe as possible. But it also has happen. It was also explained on the council’s website. a duty to engage with the people it serves, especially But that kind of public engagement is the least that on such a sensitive matter. Peebles graveyard has should be expected. Publicity could have been given some historic tombstones and table memorials that through the local press and other media in a bid to need to be treated carefully, as well as more modern reach as many people as possible, and avoid the kind memorials that should be dealt with sensitively. of situation that has inevitably been created. But even so, would this have met the “good practice” measure, What happened in Peebles seems to have been let alone the advice to contact owners of memorials hurried and ill-considered, with inadequate testing negative? communication with local families and the community in general. And too much of the remedial work looks Peebles Community Council was informed that safety overdone. checks would be carried out. But the council was not told about the nature of the checks, or told that monuments that failed the test would be dismantled

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Swimming the English Channel June 2019 My name is Caroline Connor, and I have worked as an administration assistant/first aider at Peebles High School for the last 16 years. My love of swimming has been life long, and I am never happier than when I am surrounded by water! I began open water swimming four years ago, and after I took part in my first event I knew that I needed to try something extreme! In 2017 I swam the length of Loch Lomond (22 miles) in 12 hrs 21 mins and last year I swam Loch Awe (26 miles) in 12 hrs 45 mins - these swims were tough, mentally and physically but even then I knew I needed to attempt the English Channel. Sea swimming is much harder than Loch swimming due to the tidal changes, salt water and jelly fish but these factors won’t put me off and in fact will drive me further to succeed with my attempt to swim from Dover to Calais. I don’t have a ‘time’ in mind, but somewhere around 14 hrs would be pretty good! I currently swim around 70km per week at the Peebles Hydro Leisure Club where the staff are so supportive of my training and at the weekends I train at St Mary’s Loch or Loch Lubnaig near Callander. I swim throughout the year, even during the winter. The lowest water temperature I have been in was 1.8degrees last year at St Mary’s

Loch, breaking the ice as I swam and lasting 30 minutes before my feet started to feel like blocks of ice! As the weather warms up my weekend training outdoors reaches 25/30km each weekend with sessions lasting up to 7 hours. As you can imagine it’s hard work but in order to complete these challenges the training must be put in, and I won’t take anything for granted. I obviously need the support of my husband Grahame who deserves a medal for all he does for me, giving up his golf and football to take me training every weekend! My swim coach Robert Hamilton from Vigour Events, Glasgow and my family and friends too. Having the opportunity to swim across the English Channel will be a once in a lifetime event and I will train as hard as I possibly can to achieve this dream. I am raising money for two charities, Diabetes UK and Parkinson’s UK. At Peebles High School I was awarded a Diabetes Care In Schools Award for the work I do with the pupils who have Type 1 diabetes. These kids have a life long condition that requires ultimate care, knowledge, discipline and acceptance for them to live as normal a life as possible. Support from family and friends is vital as being in denial about what they need to do several times daily is life dependent. Some kids find it difficult,

especially if they were diagnosed late primary school/early high school age and that is when I do all I can to support them. My commitment to helping these kids is never ending, and the relationships I have made with the families will be lifelong - the kids are truly inspirational ( Robbie, Lauren, Kieran, Rachel, Amy, Kirsty, Kitty, Ethan, Rory ). Parkinson’s UK is another charity that I am passionate about as my Dad was diagnosed with the illness over ten years ago and has steadily deteriorated over the last year or so. His everyday routine now takes that bit longer and his walking has become much more of an obvious ‘shuffle’ yet his positive attitude towards finding a cure for this illness in his lifetime remains his goal. Good for you Dad! I would be delighted to receive donations towards my charities no matter how great or small as every penny counts. The money will be divided equally between the two. The ‘window’ I have for my swim is from the 20th June - 27th June. Hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later, but the weather will decide when the best day for me will be so I will just need to be patient, which unfortunately is not one of my better qualities!! I look forward to updating you later on in the summer!

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Adult Fitness and Dance Classes Highland Hustle


1830 - 1915

An exciting, energetic dance fitness workout with a twist. Based on ceilidh and highland dance movements, this class makes working out fantastic fun.

Wednesday Morning Meltdown


0930 - 1000

Join Erin Macdonald for this HIIT and Condition Class with high and low impact options. All you need to bring is your water bottle and a mat!

Ballet at the Barre


1000 - 1055

This takes all the traditional classical ballet movements in easy-to-remember sequences danced at the barre. This class improves co-ordination, balance, posture and muscletone.

Classical Ballet


1100 - 1155

A classical Ballet class incorporating sections at the barre, adage (slow, controlled sequences) and allegro (upbeat, elevated sequences).

Line Dancing


1000 - 1055

This low-impact, very sociable dance style is fantastic fun! Great music to dance to – easy to learn dances. It’s super exercise without feeling like exercise.

Absolute Beginners Ballet


1100 - 1155

No need to pre-book. Just turn up and pay on the day! FHSD Dance Studios, Old Halyrude School, Old Church Road, Peebles EH45 8LH.

07894 881747

A perfect class for those who’ve never tried Ballet before, but who always wanted to… Ballet works lots of muscles all at the same time while improving balance and posture.


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Fitness advice from Lesley Mitchell Meditation

Meditation has long been practised since ancient times by different religions all over the world, and probably one of the first visualisations that sprung to your mind would have had a religious theme. It has evolved through time and now many classes which include meditation or mindfulness techniques in their delivery. This is fantastic if you do have time or want to attend sessions. There are so many benefits you can gain both physically and mentally, which in this hectic busy world would enhance everyone’s lives. Some of you have maybe thought it was too difficult to do, would take up too much time, or found you actually couldn’t do it. But it really can be quite simple, free and all you need is to get yourself into

a comfortable position with as little distraction as possible. Firstly, here are some of the benefits of regular meditation • • • • • •

A reduction in stress Control anxiety Longer attention span Improved sleep Help control pain Feelgood factor

There are of course many more so why would you not give it a try? Basically, it can be practised anywhere but to start off with a quiet, warm comfortable place is best. There are many different techniques to be explored but just a simple focusing one on your breath is one of the easiest.You could start off with just a few minutes and gradually build up as it becomes more natural.

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Sit comfortably and relaxed Close your eyes Focus on your breath without changing it, counting in your head as you breathe in and out can help Just be aware of your breath, thoughts will enter your mind try to let them drift away (this does become easier the more you do it) Gradually build up time or even just 5 minutes every day regularly is good. As you become better you can even fit into your travel plans or work place

Once you have started you may feel you need to explore more, there are many classes in the area and even apps on your phone to help you on your way.

Lesley Mitchell Personal Trainer, Pilates, Small Group Personal Training T: 07952 156458

Lesley Mitchell

Peebles Community Centre Walker’s Haugh, Peebles T: 01721 720975

The calendar for May is as follows:Frequency Daily

Weekly Monday

WALKING HOCKEY Increasing in popularity, Walking Hockey is perfect for players who are looking for a less physically demanding version of the game but still enjoy showing their skills and being involved in the team and social aspect. Walking Hockey is exactly as the name suggests - you play Hockey, walking. The Peebles Walking Hockey group meets every Tuesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm and the cost is £2 per session. • No need to book just come along!! Sticks are provided. • Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear. • Men and women welcome. Please note that these sessions are more suitable for men and women over the age of 55. Tea, Coffee and biscuits are available at the end of the session.

Weekly Tuesday

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Weekly Friday

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Schools Out - Please call 07575 857585 or email admin@schoolsoutpeebles.com for more details. Fun French

9:15am - 10:30am

Sporty Kids

9:30am - 11:15am and 1pm - 2:45pm

Mum & Baby Yoga

10am - 11:15am

Youth Club

6pm - 7:30pm


6:30pm - 8pm

English for Speakers of Other Languages Class

6:30pm - 9:30pm


7:30pm - 9:30pm

Sporty Kids

9:30am - 10:15am

Open Doors Computer Drop-In

10am - 12 noon

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

Walking Hockey

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Red Button Art Club - for P1s - P7s

4pm - 5pm

Dog Training

7pm - 9pm

Carpet Bowling

7pm - 9pm

Over 60s Badminton

2pm - 4pm

Art Group

7pm - 9pm

Kirklands Badminton

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Walking Netball

11:30am - 12:30pm

Over 60s Badminton

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Spanish Classes

7pm - 9pm

Sporty Kids

9:10am - 9:55am and 10am -10:45am

Art Group

9:30am - 11:30am

Gentle Exercise Class

11:15am - 12 noon

Lunch Club

12 noon - 1pm

Social Activities (incl: New Age Curling, Bowling, Table Tennis, and ‘Gentle’ Walking Football)

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Fun French

1pm - 2:15pm

Over 50s Walking Football

2:30pm - 4pm


6pm - 7pm

Mum & Baby Yoga

7pm - 8pm

Fun French

9am - 10:30am

CG Elite Football Coaching

10am - 11am

Peebles Baptist Church

11am - 1pm

Art Group

Wed 2pm - 4pm

Camera Club

Wed 7pm - 9pm

CraftBox - free craft class for Senior Citizens'

Fri 2:30pm - 4pm

Peebles Archaeological Society Mary Allen Lunch Club Monthly

Astronomical Group Peebles Bee Keepers Club Meet & Make - free craft class for people living with dementia

For specific dates call 01721 720975

Please note, all the groups/activities highlighted above in blue will likely not operate during the School/ Summer holidays.

Also now find our official presence on Facebook - just search Peebles Community Centre to find our group pages easily.


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Dedicated inscriptions, designed and carved by hand. Memorials / Headstones Commemoration Plaques House Signs Garden Features Architectural Lettering. Open for discussions in a warm & caring manner. Based in Peebles. Contact Gus Fisher:07515 372 160 gus@eyecutstone.co.uk www.eyecutstone.co.uk

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Recycling and re-use; moving towards a low plastic Peebles At a recent meeting organised by Tweedgreen in the Eastgate, we heard how urgent it is to maximise our recycling and to avoid single use plastics. One study has shown that, without major change, by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic by weight than fish. Miriam Adcock from Zero Waste Scotland and Kathryn Vaughn from Changeworks outlined the global and national problem, and initiatives, in schools and communities, to tackle it. Dominic Hodgkiss, waste treatment contracts officer for Scottish Borders Council described how recycling rates and contracts for dealing with recycled materials are influenced by commercial considerations and the international market. At 55% recycling rates and with most materials able to be recycled, SBC is doing better than most regions. The take home messages were that almost all plastics can be recycled except: •

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any material contaminated with foodstuffs… tins and packaging need to be washed and all food removed

An A5 leaflet (shown) has been produced and will be made available on the web site and in council contact centres. “SB Connect” will have articles of what items can/ can’t be recycled and where it goes as well and there will be further campaigns via social media. But, to many people’s surprise, SBC have no plans to make their leaflet available to every household in the Borders. All blue bins that go out to new developments/ new houses have an attached sticker (shown on left) detailing what items should and shouldn’t go into the recycling bin but older bins have no up-to-date information. This would be useful and improve recycling, and information on bins about re-use facilities eg Home Basics would be appreciated. Tweedgreen is developing a crowdfunded leaflet about reducing the use of single use plastic and giving sources of alternatives. It will be distributed soon.

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Sunday 12 May 6pm Leckie Memorial Church

Monday 13 - Saturday 18 May Town Wide

Opening Service Contact: Rev. Calum Macdougall Tel. 720568 House-to-house Collection Contact: PEEBLES NORTH: Fiona Lumb Tel. 0782838764 PEEBLES SOUTH: Fiona McFarlane Tel. 724024

Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 May Leckie Memorial Church Hall 10am-12 noon

Coffee Mornings and second-hand bookstall plus inkjet cartridge recycling collecton Contact: Nancy Hutchinson 720885

Wednesday 15 May: 7.30pm Leckie Memorial Church

Quiz Night Contact: Chris Patterson Tel. 602065

Thursday 16 May 10am-4pm Sainsbury’s Friday 17 May 10am-4pm Tesco

Bag Packing Contact: Val McKean Tel. 724482

Saturday 18 May 10am-12noon Leckie Memorial Church Grounds

Plant Stall Contact: John Hutchinson Tel. 720885

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Walking Improves General Health and Wellbeing The importance of regular exercise and a good diet is well-known, and both are documented as aids to a long and healthy life. While most of us can manage the diet side of things perfectly well and fit our nutritional needs around our lifestyle when it comes to doing the same with exercise many of us are sadly lacking. Contrary to popular belief, exercise does not have to be regimented or expensive, requiring us to sign up for numerous classes or hours at the gym; one of the simplest, best and cheapest forms of regular exercise is walking, something most of us do every day without even thinking about it. Walking can easily be fitted into a daily routine by most, whether you’re a stay-at-home Mum, a busy professional or a retiree. It can be done with others, alone, or even with your dog, and doesn’t require a personal trainer. It improves lung and heart function and strengthens the muscles in the lower body, and because walking is a load-bearing activity it can help with poor bone density, making it particularly beneficial for older people. In short, we can all benefit from walking. There are many opportunities in the day to take a walk and it doesn’t have to be a chore. Starting a walking programme is as easy as walking to the local shops and walking the children to school rather than driving or taking a bus. Begin by taking a walk in your lunch break and see the increase in your mental performance at work

during the afternoon, or walk in the evening and experience a much better quality of sleep. Walking in open countryside or the local park adds another pleasant dimension to your exercise. But while you take in the beauty of the local flora and fauna along your chosen route, focusing on the quality and distance of your walking can dramatically benefit your wellbeing and increase fitness. After a few weeks of easing yourself into the habit, try to walk more briskly and add some uphill stretches into your route for extra benefit. This will help burn off calories and increase cardiovascular fitness, and once a good level has been reached, try power walking at as fast a pace as you can manage during the middle section of your walk. Enjoy striding out, getting fresh air in your lungs and appreciating your surroundings as you go along. You will soon find that you start to look forward to your daily walk, and you will certainly notice the difference in your general health. At this point, you may consider joining a rambling club to enjoy your new found exercise with others. Ramblers meet for regular walks in stunning surroundings, and tackle walks for all levels of fitness. You may even find you make some new friends to share your new exercise regime with. Details of these clubs can be found on the internet or at local libraries.

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Peebles Rugby Club As we go to press, with one fixture remaining, ‘So Stobo’ sponsored 1stXV sit in the top half of Tennent’s National League Two, and will finish either fifth or sixth, depending on the result of their game against Falkirk, which will be played before you read this. It’s been a league season of ups and downs with highlights including inflicting the only league defeat on league champions Biggar, while other matches have gone away from them due to injuries and indiscipline. We are of course in the Sevens season now, and the clubs first outing on the spring circuit saw a narrow defeat by Heriots in the closing moments of the tie at the world famous Melrose Sevens.

the coaching and management teams at these levels is to continue to maintain and improve the amount of games the children are participating in, to meet the increased number of players coming through the system.

Plaudits in the senior club however this year go to ‘Crown Hotel’ sponsored Peebles Reds, the club’s second XV, who have won the Tennent’s East Reserve League Two in some style. With a played 20, won 20 record, the stats speak for themselves. Their points scored were ‘For’ 1008; ‘Against’ 93; And with picking up a try bonus in every game, the Reds managed to top 100 points, with runners up Edinburgh Accies Blues back on 87 points. A tremendous result for coaches Kith Nisbet and Mark Smith.

While we now take a break from the Peebles Life for a couple of months, we’d like to draw readers attention to a few initiatives coming up in the next few months. Family Touch – we intend running some fun Family Touch Rugby sessions in the summer, please look out for more details on the club website and facebook page. TRI Rugby – Peebles are looking to become a hub for the ‘Borders Clan’. A couple of ‘Clan’ sides already operate across Scotland, with more in the pipeline. These are mixed ability rugby teams that typically have 5-6 adult players with disabilities or learning difficulties e.g. Down’s Syndrome, along with 9-10 enablers, who play a full contact version of the game, but adapted to accommodate individuals.  The aim is to bring people into the game who wouldn’t normally consider playing, or indeed have the opportunity. The club will hold an information session on this shortly but should anyone wish more information, please contact me.

Youth, Schools and mini rugby are also moving close to the end of their respective seasons, again with a number of individual and team successes highlighted in previous editions of Peebles Life. One of the main targets now for

Finally, a date for your diary is the weekend of Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of August, when Peebles Rugby Club are hosting a Festival of Sevens at the Gytes. Kicking off the weekend on the Friday night is the Under

16’s tournament, before Saturday sees the Senior Sevens, part of the Kings of the Sevens Series. The curtain then comes down on the Sunday with Peebles Colts Sevens. Until then, have a good summer and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Gytes, Hay Lodge, the High School or the Clubrooms very soon! As ever, the Club is open to anyone – player, supporter, volunteer, spectator, family member. Information on club membership can be found on the club’s website, or by emailing membership@ peeblesrfc.org. Alternatively, please contact myself on any of the routes below for further details on the club.

George Blair Peebles RFC Development Officer Tel – 07801 791253 Email – youthrugby@peeblesrfc.org Web – www.peeblesrfc.org Twitter - @PeeblesRugbyDev

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Abigail’s Cleaning Services


Guitar and Bass Tuition


Peeblesshire Trout Association


Ablesweep Chimney Sweep & Oil Service Engineer




Peeblesshire Windows


Adams Boiler Maintenance


Harrisons Ford Centre


Prince of India


Armac Vet Group


High Street Opticians


RA Walter Plumbing & Heating Engineer


AT Blinds


Hire a Man with a Van


Red Circle Locksmith


Border Buses


Holiday Flat, Peebles




Border Vets


Impact Landscapes


Rogersons Footwear




Interior Solutions


Scottish Borders Housing Association


Borders Chiropractic


Jackie Clinch Massage/soft tissue therapist


Seated Exercise Class


Cameron Carpet Company


James Fleming Plastering & Roughcasting


Shakespeare at Traquair


Castle Warehouse Northgate


John Montgomery Upholstery


Shire Chimney Services


Central Gas Heating Engineer


K & R Painting and Decorating


Silicone Sealant


Champfleurie Estate


Kailzie Gardens


Silver Tree Studio


CM Roofing & Building Ltd


Keith Brown Joinery


St Peter’s Scottish Episcopal Church


Colin Wilson IT Services


Lothian & Borders Environmental


Story of Love


Councillors Bell & Anderson


Maglin Domestic Appliance Repair


Tait & Mapp Roofing and Plastering


Councillors Tatler and Chapman 35

McFarlane Builders


Tetra Acoustics


D & M Williams Scrap Metal Uplifts


McTavish Hair Stylist


Thistle Tree Care


D C Landscapes




TR Electrical Services


David Mundell MP


Mindful Cartoons by Moira Stark


Traquair House - Medieval Fayre


DDL Care Services


Mr Maintenance


Tweed Financial Services


Decorative Solutions Ltd


Ozkan’s Grill


Tweed Valley Physiotherapy


DSH Joinery


P Grandison Funeral Director


Tweed-line Taxis


Dustbusters of Penicuik


Park Hotel


Tweeddale Kitchens


Enhance Support & Care


Patrick Buckley Antiques


Tweeddale Quakers


Eye Cut Stone


Peebles Carpets


Tweedside Antiques & Collectables


Fiona Henderson School of Dance


Peebles Design


Tweedside Garden Machinery


Framing Gallery


Peebles Dry Cleaning & Laundry Services


Xanadu Beauty Clinic


Frazer Pennycuick Garden Services


Peebles Golf Club


Yellow Cab Co


Garvald West Linton Care Staff


Peebles Handyman


Useful Numbers - all in one place Police to report a crime


BT Faultline

0800 800151

Citizens Advice Bureau

Scottish Power - Power Loss 0800 0299290 NHS 24

08454 242424 Locksmith

Gas - Emergency

01835 824000

0800 111999

Scottish Borders Council

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Peebles Life May 2019  

Community magazine, what's on, Peebles

Peebles Life May 2019  

Community magazine, what's on, Peebles